NYTS: Much of the winners’ work feels urgent. Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer, investigates the scale and pathways of plastic pollution and is among the researchers who provided the first estimate of the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean annually (eight million metric tons).
The 21st century has been the era of disposable clothing. Worn once, twice, and then discarded, these items accumulate in closets, donation bins, and landfills, while the production of new garments releases toxic waste into the environment.
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